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Convicted Felon Sentenced to 120 Months in Federal Prison for Multiple Drug and Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Louisiana

United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Dionseus Wilkins, age 29, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to 120 months in federal prison following his convictions for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  The Court further sentenced Wilkins to five years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment and ordered that the firearm involved be forfeited.

According to admissions made as a part of his guilty plea, between February 22, 2018 and February 13, 2019, Wilkins sold a total of seventy (70) grams of methamphetamine to confidential informants in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during controlled purchases monitored by law enforcement agents.

On September 24, 2019, Louisiana State Police narcotics detectives executed a search warrant on Wilkins’ residence as well as on his vehicles.  Prior to the warrants' execution, detectives observed Wilkins enter the complex's parking garage where he was then detained.  During the search of the residence, detectives located nitrile gloves, protective masks, a bag of powdered sugar, strainers, and a small electric blender inside the dishwasher.  Detectives also located fifty-one (51) dosage units of alprazolam in a dresser drawer in the Wilkins’ bedroom.

Prior to executing the search of one of Wilkins’ vehicles, an LSP trooper utilized a K-9 detection dog around the perimeter of the vehicle, at which time the K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs.  Detectives located $10,000 in U.S. Currency (100 $100 dollar bills) located in a black bag inside of the vehicle's glove compartment and a backpack located in the vehicle's trunk.  A search of the backpack revealed a Glock Model 27, .40 cal. handgun with an extended magazine containing 25 rounds of ammunition, approximately 297 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 237 grams of heroin, approximately 847 grams of marijuana, and two digital scales.

In 2015, prior to possessing the firearm, Wilkins was convicted of simple burglary in East Baton Rouge Parish.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Louisiana State Police, with assistance from the Zachary Police Department and the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eli J. Abad.

Updated April 3, 2023

Topics
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses